Andrea's IP legal guidance for clients is focused on highly practical solutions that are informed through knowledge of how IP fits into the client's business.

Overview

Andrea’s diverse technical experience, with a focus on the chemical and bioscience spheres, allows her to navigate the complex and rapidly evolving fields of clean energy, life science and animal health. A registered patent attorney, Andrea’s practice covers all aspects of intellectual property law, with notable experience in licensing, infringement counseling and patent prosecution.

Andrea negotiates and prepares all manner of IP agreements; advises clients about FDA and other regulatory issues, including Paragraph IV certifications; and guides, develops and implements strategies for protecting international trademark portfolios and avoiding infringement. Andrea also counsels companies on the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions and strategic investments, including transactions with international components.

In the patent arena, Andrea counsels clients on strategic intellectual property protection options and management of infringement risks. This includes preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications in biochemical, chemical and mechanical technologies. She conducts freedom to operate and patent infringement analyses and patentability assessments.

Experience

Andrea’s patent experience encompasses biochemical, chemical and mechanical technologies, including veterinary products, medical devices and implants, wound care, vaccines, pro/postbiotics, food additives, gene editing, pharmaceuticals, drug conjugates, drug delivery, oil recovery, nanoparticles, micelles, chemical synthesis and biosynthesis, biofuels, and bioenergy.

Her strengths in complex technology development and commercialization agreements include joint venture, research and development, technology transfer independent contractor, distribution and technology license agreements.

She has served as IP counsel for the licensee of a vaccine platform technology for the animal health field, the licensor of an animal feed additive, an early stage life sciences company's spin-out of its technology in the dermatology field, investors in chemical biosynthesis and biofuel technologies, and the seller of a veterinary reference lab.

Andrea prepared and negotiated intellectual property agreements ancillary to the acquisition of a research and development unit of a plant science company and the asset purchase of an animal genetics company.

She has managed IP diligence for animal health transactions, including for technologies relating to aquaculture, production animal monitoring, and animal vaccines.

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Speaking Engagements

Andrea has spoken on various intellectual property topics including:

  • Patent prosecution and protection strategies
  • Trade Secrets
  • Intellectual property issues in agriculture
  • Tech transfer
  • Intellectual property issues for startup ventures
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Intellectual property rights in bankruptcy

Recognitions

Recognitions

2010 Superior Achievement Award for Early or Mid-Career Alumni, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Chemical Society

Sigma Xi

American Intellectual Property Law Association

The Missouri Bar

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

Selection Committee, KC Animal Health Investment Forum

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1997
  • Kansas, 1998 
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1998

Education

University of Iowa, J.D., with high distinction, 1997

  • Order of the Coif

Iowa State University, B.S., Agricultural Biochemistry, with distinction, 1994

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